Acelero Learning recruits the highest quality staff possible.
Our team is the best equipped to serve your children, your family, and your community. We are proud to say that all of our teachers have an associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood education or equivalent and our senior leadership team is comprised of experts in education, health, finance, and operations. Our board of directors is made up of respected community leaders, educators, attorneys, financial managers, and Head Start parents.
Senior Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Aubrey L. Jones, Esq. - Board Chair
Senior Legal Staffing Consultant, Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, Ms. Jones is a recent addition to the Philadelphia area. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2007, she moved to Philadelphia to work for Pepper Hamilton, LLP. During law school, she was recognized for her demonstrated commitment to pro bono work through her work with the Allegheny County Public Defender's Office, an externship with Neighborhood Legal Services, and her participation in the Health Law Clinic. Previously, she deferred law school for two years to accept a position as an elementary school teacher in Detroit with the Teach for America program.
Ms. Jones graduated from Allegheny College in 2002.
Iraida Afanador, MA Iraida has been an active advocate for over 45 years’ in community and government. She was the founder of many programs in Philadelphia that advocated for women’s rights, domestic violence juvenile justice advocacy, and training. Her tireless work to protect children and youth as well as abused women in Philadelphia and New Jersey, has won her several distinguished awards from legislators, governors, state, community and faith based leadership groups. Among these, Ms. Afanador was named the “Most Prominent Hispanic in Government Affairs” by the State of New Jersey and Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Reverend Mark L. Merrill
Reverend Merrill is a lifelong Camden, New Jersey resident. His history demonstrates over 30 years of reputable services within both corporate and community based environments. Reverend Merrill’s community services include pastoring, social program development, family counseling, crisis intervention, and mentoring at-risk youth. His corporate history consists of senior management positions in the areas of corporate culture, development, sales, and facilities.
Reginald Sam Crabbe
Mr. Crabbe was born in Ghana and was educated in Ghana, Kenya, and England, where he qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in 1979. His career has included Big Four experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Malawi, the British government in London, and tax consulting in Toronto, and he is currently an accounting consultant in the tri-state area. In the non-profit arena he was employed as the Financial Manager of the Powhatan Renape Nation in Burlington, NJ, and was responsible for $5 million in state and federal funds disbursed to three Indian tribes in the state
Sonnie Cherry Former Parent, Acelero Head Start
Mr. Cherry has served on the Policy Council of Acelero Learning Camden/Philadelphia for two years as Chair. He is passionate about Acelero's efforts to close the achievement gap and supporting the families in his community.
Pamela J. Robb
Ms. Robb is a lifelong resident of Camden, New Jersey, having lived in the city for over 45 years. Pamela is a decorated veteran and recipient of the Martin Luther King Freedom Medal. Her dedication and commitment to Camden is shown in the numerous boards and association in which she faithfully serves.
William Gregory (Bill) Fagan
Branch Manager, PNC Bank
Mr. Fagan was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Over the years, he has become a liaison between financial education and local communities. During his time working for PNC Bank, he has received two of PNC’s Service Excellence Awards. He also received the first PNC Bank Community Service Award in 2010 for outstanding contributions to our communities.
Thanks to the support of Acelero Learning - Camden/Philadelphia and in particular St. Elizabeth's, in 2009 Mr. Fagan co-founded along with Sonny Cherry the "Men 4 A Better Tomorrow" initiative. The program was created to empower men to empower their friends, their families, and each other to build a stronger community. Men 4 A Better Tomorrow is responsible for a number of contributions that range from how to gain employment to finding resolutions to domestic matters.